Understanding the Performance-Limiting Factors of Cs2AgBiBr6 Double-Perovskite Solar Cells

Longo, Giulia, Mahesh, Suhas, Buizza, Leonardo R. V., Wright, Adam D., Ramadan, Alexandra J., Abdi-Jalebi, Mojtaba, Nayak, Pabitra K., Herz, Laura M. and Snaith, Henry J. (2020) Understanding the Performance-Limiting Factors of Cs2AgBiBr6 Double-Perovskite Solar Cells. ACS Energy Letters, 5 (7). pp. 2200-2207. ISSN 2380-8195

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1021/acsenergylett.0c01020


Double perovskites have recently emerged as possible alternatives to lead-based halide perovskites for photovoltaic applications. In particular, Cs2AgBiBr6 has been the subject of several studies because of its environmental stability, low toxicity, and its promising optoelectronic features. Despite these encouraging features, the performances of solar cells based on this double perovskite are still low, suggesting severe limitations that need to be addressed. In this work we combine experimental and theoretical studies to show that the short electron diffusion length is one of the major causes for the limited performance of Cs2AgBiBr6 solar cells. Using EQE measurements on semitransparent Cs2AgBiBr6 solar cells we estimate the electron diffusion length to be only 30 nm and corroborated this value by terahertz spectroscopy. By using photothermal deflection spectroscopy and surface photovoltage measurements we correlate the limited electron diffusion length with a high density of electron traps. Our findings highlight important faults affecting this double perovskite, showing the challenges to overcome and hinting to a possible path to improve the efficiency of Cs2AgBiBr6 solar cells.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2020 15:44
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2020 15:47
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43886

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